Tuesday, August 31, 2010

Good evening and welcome to tonight's EHAG Emporium
This month I am offering "Purty Gerty", a one of a kind "vintage style" witch head luminary and candy container.

Made of papier mache composition etc. This piece stands approximately 6.5" high by 6.0" wide, 7.5" front to back and approx. 9.75 inches high including twisted wire bale.

"Purty Gerty" has paper inserts for both her eyes and mouth. Inserts have been sealed with an archival spray. She's been "antiqued" with a few coats of wax and buffed to a dull sheen. She can be used as a luminary with the addition of a battery operated light source ~ as always "NO real candles please!"
She will arrive signed (with logo hang tag too) and dated by me.

$225.00+ airmail shipping
She's SOLD, thank you very much!!!
 If you are interested in obtaining this striking piece please email me at: therudolphs@sympatico.ca 
Many (clickable) pictures of Gerty are posted below for your perusal. The last three pictures show Gerty with light source.

Thank you for looking! ~ I hope you enjoy tonight's EHAG Emporium ~ Lori
All images and content are © 2010 Retro Rudolph's ~ Lori Rudolph

Friday, August 27, 2010

EHAG Emporium ~ Sneak Peek

I thought after a week plus of silence I'd give you a sneak peek of this month's upcoming EHAG Emporium piece. The Emporium doors open again on Tuesday, August 31st at 9:00 p.m. Eastern.

In the interim there's a great giveaway on the EHAG Emporium site, so hop over there for your chance to win! 

Other than this small preview, there's not much to show and/or say - because I am still playing catch up with pieces for the upcoming SpookyTime Jingles Soiree.

I hope to post a bit more next week, but again - no promises! Please be prepared as this blog site my have ghosts of posts for the next little while.
Have a great week! ~ Lori
All images and content are © 2010 ~ Lori Rudolph ~ Retro Rudolph's

Monday, August 16, 2010

Airbrushing 101 or as Sinatra would say - "I did it my way!"

For those of you who don't know - I use an airbrush to paint quite a few of my pieces. Airbrushing is fun! Though truth be told, it's a HUGE undertaking to set up. Especially, if you have to airbrush indoors.
You won't often find me painting one papier mache piece at a time and/or making one piece and finishing it before I move on to the next - part of the reason is because I use an airbrush. It would be painful to set everything up and take it all back down again every few days.

In the pictures below you will see the set up on my work bench and the tools I use. If you're a professional and use an airbrush daily you'll probably get a kick out of my very unprofessional set up. Just keep in mind I learned most of this stuff by myself, right or wrong - it's how I choose to do it. Aside from that... I couldn't be bothered to watch the dvd on airbrushing that came with compressor.

Okay onto the tool list:
Most importantly you'll need a plastic drop cloth, an airbrush (obviously) - mine's an Iwata - dual action, my air compressor is an Iwata Smart Jet. Airbrush holder that clamps to workbench. Paints are acrylics diluted with airbrush medium or distilled water. Filters for my paints are small pieces of nylon hosiery (placed under the bottle cap), airbrush cleaner of choice is Windex. I use paper toweling to help clean my airbrush, a plastic cup for dirty paint, paper towels and soiled Windex. I also wear a latex glove to hold pieces (if need be.)
When airbrushing, I often prop my pieces on cardboard thread cones or use wooden dowels inside those thread cones for smaller pieces. Oh and I use a wooden skewer (not pictured) to help unclog the airbrush nozzle, if need be.

I can't give you any amazing tips on airbrushing itself - because you have to have a feel for it. You should however hold the airbrush away from your work, similar to using a spray can and your strokes should be even, both vertical and horizontal - try not to get too close to your piece or paint a single area solidly in one shot - instead turn your piece and continue to spray until you get an even, consistent coat of paint.

Okay, onto the pics - You'll see a before shot of my workbench - covered in plastic drop cloth, pics of my tools, a pic of what my workbench looks like after I finished airbrushing today and a pic with my airbrush in pieces - yes, you do have to take it apart and clean it thoroughly, if you don't - you'll be SORRY! There's also a few pics of the airbrushed WIP's. I say works in progress because I still prefer to hand paint parts of my pieces.

Have a fun week! ~ As for me I'll continue airbrushing tomorrow - I still have  a few jack o' lanterns, witches and devil lanterns to do! ~ Lori
All images and content are © 2010 Retro Rudolph's

Friday, August 13, 2010

And it was all yellow...

Sung to the tune "Yellow" by Coldplay

I wrote this post,
I wrote this post for you.
You may be struggling too...
with white gesso.

I sing this post,
I'll sing this post for you...
If you're into papier mache too,
or often use gesso.

The clay skin, is as pale as bones.
It hurts my eyes - tinting with gesso alone.
So I added something new,
A hint of yellow for me and you!

Look how they shine,
My pseudo papier mache shrine.
With many pieces prepped,
And now YELLOW! 

Yeah, yeah, yeah... oh yeah-hhhhhhhhhhhh!

Have a good weekend! ~ Lori
All images and content © 2010 Retro Rudolph's

Thursday, August 5, 2010

SpookyTime Jingle Holiday Soiree Double sided! Post Cards from Zazzle.com

© 2010 Retro Rudolph's, design ~ © 2010 SpookyTime Jingles, logo

Tuesday, August 3, 2010

The fruits of my labour

Well, I figured it was about time to do another blog post, so bear with me here because there's nothing too exciting (at least in the way of colour to show you.) I hope you weren't expecting too much!

Pictured at the bottom of this post are some of my pieces for the SpookyTime Jingles Soiree - the majority of which are Halloween themed. Christmas/Winter themed items will be sculpted this month (hopefully)... that is, if I don't get sidetracked.

Speaking of the STJ Soiree, I am starting to get very excited about the show!!! 
There will be a "Meet and Greet" on Friday, October 15th. Along with the participating artists it will feature a champagne and sweets buffet (I can tell you, you do not want to miss that!) and I'll be signing limited edition postcards (I designed them) for 30 collector's who attend the preview night. I can't show you the actual ltd. ed. postcard (top secret), but I can show you its companion postcard.
The show itself will take place on Saturday, October 16th from 10:00 am to 3:00 pm. It's being held at the Historic Union Fire Company in Titusville, New Jersey. I have posted the link a couple of times above, in case you're interested in coming to the "Meet and Greet" and the Soiree. I do hope you'll seriously consider attending the show, if your within a few hours or a few days drive!

That's all for this week! ~ Lori
All images in this post © 2010 Lori Rudolph ~ Retro Rudolph's